Letters to the Editor: Death not so natural

I refer to the article in the 16
April, 2010, Caymanian Compass regarding the death of Angela, the
nine-month-old bottlenose dolphin that had been born in captivity.

The veterinarian employed by the
Dolphin Discovery facility is quoted in the paper that it appeared the baby
dolphin had died “of natural causes”.

When the life expectancy of
dolphins in the wild range from 10.3 – 25 years, depending on the region, with
maximum age reaching up to 50 years, I wonder if the natural cause of death of
a nine-month-old dolphin correlates to the “natural” environment she
was born into.

Susan Gabruch

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